In news that will surprise exactly no one, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2′ completely dominated this weekend’s box office. The final film in the Potter franchise banked a record-breaking $168.6 million opening weekend, with $92 million on Friday alone.
That number surpasses the previous record holder, ‘The Dark Knight,’ which opened to $158.4 million in 2008.
“I’m too old for cartwheels, but it’s close,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros.’ president for domestic distribution. “At the same time it’s bittersweet. It’s also the end of a great franchise, and we’ve watched these talented kids grow up.”
Roller coasters and water slides are so last year.
The latest trend is indoor trampoline parks. Charging fees of $8 to $14 an hour, there are approximately 50 parks in the US that feature wall-to-wall trampolines. The parks are exceedingly popular, with revenues approaching $100 million.
It’s an age-old question (and probably the cause of more than one marital argument): Which way should toilet paper rolls be oriented? This is serious business, people. So serious that even engineers have gotten involved. The awesome folks at EngineeringDegree.net put together an infographic covering everything from the history of toilet paper to the physics involved in how it’s hung and the pros and cons of each.
The old tradition of a woman taking her husband’s last name after marriage, while still common, is happening less frequently among modern brides. They sometimes eschew the custom for professional or personal reasons, or simply because changing your name can be a flat-out pain.
In a small, paparazzi-free ceremony last Wednesday, Daniel Craig and actress Rachel Weisz tied the knot. The low-key nuptials in New York State had just four people in attendance: Craig’s daughter, Ella, 18, Weisz’s son, Henry, 4, and two friends who acted as witnesses.
Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:
Prince William Age: 29 Occupation: Being royal and stuff Known For: As the eldest son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, he’s second in the line to the British throne and recently married Kate Middleton in a wedding no one admits to watching but everyone totally did.
Kris Allen Age: 26 Occupation: Singer and Songwriter Known For: Being adorable and non-threatening, which led to besting flamboyant Adam Lambert to win ‘American Idol’ season 8
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